August 31, 2015

Legislation Would Strengthen Tie Between Our Peninsulas


By Craig Borr, CEO at Michigan Electric Cooperative Association The Mackinac Bridge opened to vehicle traffic between the upper and lower peninsulas nearly 60 years ago. To this day, it continues to be a vital commercial link, as well as a symbol of … [Read more...]

Tips for Building a Strong, Efficient Home


There are new home construction methods available that are much stronger and efficient than typical insulated, wood framing. Some of these methods could more than double the insulation value of typical framed walls. For a wood-framed house, use … [Read more...]

Efficient Indoor Lighting for Your Home


People often wonder which type of lighting to use in their home with all the choices on the market today. It is important to know the differences between the options available. The wattage of a light bulb refers to how much electricity it consumes, not … [Read more...]

Improve Home Comfort By Choosing Materials Carefully


If you’re looking to improve your home’s comfort, consider increasing its thermal mass. Increasing thermal mass means having the house structure and interior objects absorb and hold as much heat as possible. The heavier the item, the more mass it has to … [Read more...]

New Touch-Control Faucets Save Water, Energy


The right kitchen faucet can have a strong impact on your water and energy savings. Today, one-handle faucets are common, as their size and shape impact water use, but the newest, most efficient models can be controlled by the wave or touch of a hand. … [Read more...]

Try Zone Heating and Cooling for Home Comfort


Family members may complain that some rooms in your house are too hot or cold, but it’s likely there’s not a home in the entire country that has even temperatures throughout all the rooms. Actually, depending upon the activity level in each room, a range … [Read more...]

Electric Capacity Shortfall Projected for 2016

MI Capacity Simplified 6

By Craig Borr, CEO Michigan Electric Cooperative Association Have you ever wondered why a grocery store builds 15 check-out lanes, but only has three of them open most of the time? Simply put, the store has built its “lane capacity” to meet peak demand, … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle


Six hundred pages, plus another 1,000 of supporting documents—that’s the length of the latest proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It would amend the Clean Air Act (only 465 pages) to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power … [Read more...]

When Do Appliance Upgrades Make Sense?


For major appliances, comparing the EnergyGuide label is the best way to find the cost of using them. Based on the purchase price, you can calculate which one provides the best return. The most efficient one is not always the best buy from a payback … [Read more...]

‘Smart’ Products Make Saving Energy Easier


Energy savings can be easy with some savvy shopping for power strips, thermostats and residential lighting. These are the most common products you can use to reduce energy costs, and with a little research, choosing and using them correctly is easy, too, … [Read more...]